What is Freediving?
Freediving is diving and exploring under water while holding your breath. It is diving without a scuba tank or any other bulky equipment. Freediving gives you total freedom to move underwater just like a dolphin and in a completely natural way. It allows you to get much closer to the marine life, to swim and interact with creatures like fish, dolphins, manta’s and whale sharks with out disturbing them and in a way you could only dream of before. Once you try it you will struggle to think how you enjoyed the ocean without this essential life skill.
What is the difference between freediving and scuba diving?
Freediving, as the name suggests, is diving with complete freedom. In scuba you must follow a very strict schedule to go up and down and due to the bulky cumbersome equipment you are restricted in how fast you can move and where you can go. With freediving there is no restrictions. A properly trained freediver can ascend and descend as quickly as they like. Scuba has a lot of complex theory elements and equipment elements you must know about before you can enjoy it. With freediving all you really need is a course, a mask and some fins and you can go, anywhere, anytime. The simplest analogy we can give is this: Scuba is like trying to enjoy a beautiful landscape while never getting out of your car, you can go further for longer but you can never leave the road. Freediving is like running freely through that landscape going where ever you feel like in the simplest purest way possible.
What’s the difference between snorkeling and freediving?
Although similar, there are some differences that make each of these activities separate. Snorkeling is the act of floating on the surface while utilizing a mask to see underwater, a snorkel to breathe while keeping one’s face submerged, and a pair of fins to move about the surface. Freediving adds a much needed third dimension to this by allowing you to dive deep under the water and interact with the environment and not just sit staring at it from the surface. It does this by using advanced breathing techniques, efficient movements underwater, and efficient equipment – all designed to conserve oxygen – thus dramatically increasing depth and/or time underwater.
But I’ve never done any diving before?
Not a problem. The majority of our students have never scuba dived or freedived before but now they are very much immersed into the sport. It’s a sport for anyone.
Holding my breath that long, won’t it be a bit difficult for me?
Not at all. The world record for a person holding their breath is 12 minutes. We only ask you do a maximum 30 seconds. The world record for how deep a person can dive on a single breath is 214 meters, we will only ask you to do 10. The one thing all of our students say without fail is that they were surprised. Surprised at how easy and how much fun it was to dive down into the ocean to depths they never even dreamed of and find there a calm and relaxation they never knew possible.
Where are our courses held?
We hold the majority of our courses in our freedivingcenter in Amed, the diving paradise on the north-east coast of Bali, the crystal clear deep waters and rich marine life close to shore are perfect for learning freediving. We also hold some elements of our courses in Sanur but only on request. For the best course we recommend going to Amed and fully immersing yourself in our freediving experience. We provide free air-conditioned transport between Sanur/Kuta and Amed before and after the course. We can also organize accommodation for you in Amed if required.
When can I start?
We begin the courses every few days so let us know when you’d like to start. We usual have at least three Level 1 courses and one Level 2 course per week but we can put on a course to suit your dates if required and subject to numbers.
How long is the course?
How much does it cost?
What is included in the price?
We include the following in the price of all our training courses:
We believe that our courses are the best value in Bali. You might be able to find a cheaper place to do a course, but we are absolutely convinced that we offer the best courses and the best value freediving education in Bali. (*Not included in Intro)
Can I get a discount?
Yes, we do offer discounts on the above prices. These apply to group bookings, multiple experience bookings and repeat customers.
What do I need to bring?
Swimsuit, Sunscreen, Towel, sandals, and any freedivingequipment you may have. That’s it, we take care of the rest.
What fitness level should I be in for the course?
Freediving is for everyone. If you know how to swim, you can freedive.
I feel pain in my ears when I try to go down under water, will this happen while freediving?
This is caused by pressure building on the ears, we teach you to use a simple technique to equalize the pressure and remove any discomfort and pain in the ears. Its quite similar to making your ears “pop” on an airplane. Quite harmless when done correctly and totally removes any pain. People can dive like this down to over 200 meters but we will only be going to about 10-15 meters. Understanding equalization of the ears is a key skill learned during our course.
Which type of certification do you offer?
Should you pass all the requirements of the course we offer certification for all our courses in SSI and Pure Apnea, we also offer certification up to 3-star in AIDA.
Can I take the next level elsewhere?
Yes, one of the advantages of becoming a certified freediver is that you can go to almost any freedivingcentre in the world to continue your education. We offer globally recognized certification in SSI, Pure Apnea and AIDA. The knowledge you gain with us is as much of a life skill as it is a certification.
How many students will there be per instructor?
We have a maximum instructor to student ration of 1:4 however we do usually try to have about 2 students per instructor in the water so we can give the best level of attention to the student.
Can you guarantee I will be a certified freediver at the end of my course?
Unfortunately due to the differences from person to person day to day we could never guarantee you will be able to pass the course. We find most people do not have a problem and are able to get down to reasonable depths after two days of training. The small amount of our customers who fail to complete all the requirements of the course usually do so because they have difficulty equalizing their ears. This is only natural in any physical activity and the good news is this can be trained and made better but sometimes it can take more than two days to do so. This is why we recommend practicing equalization as much as possible before the course. You can do it sitting down while reading book! We have a page on our website dedicated to teaching this technique.
How do I know I will be safe?
Freediving is a very safe sport if practiced correctly. It is a natural activity, which the human body is very well suited to. Taking a formal freediving course will only make you a safer and more comfortable freediver. Accidents happen because of lack of proper training and education.
Is there an age requirement?
The minimum age is 18 for all levels however with parent or guardian consent it can be as low as 14 for Level 1 and 2 and 16 for Level 3.
I smoke. Can I freedive?
While we cannot advise you smoke during the course, it should not adversely affect your freediving.
I have asthma. Can I freedive?
Yes, you can. The yoga-based breathing technique that you will learn has a natural soothing effect, which helps control anxiety and asthma. Relaxation is key in freediving.
How deep do I have to go?
Although there are minimum requirements for each level, your dive will depend on your own personal limit. You’ll be surprised how deep you can go with the techniques that you will learn.
What happens in case of any emergencies?
Our instructors are trained in water rescue, emergency first response, CPR, first aid, AED, and in providing oxygen. We are a mix of individuals who are very comfortable in the water – surfers, kiteboarders, professional SCUBA divers, a commercial diver, a lifeguard. All professional safe water people.
I’m panicky on SCUBA, won’t I be more panicky without air?
Relaxation is key in freediving. Learning how to relax is one of the things that you learn during the course. Your body naturally relaxes when immersed in water and you will have a better understanding of this during after our theory session. Taking the course will make you feel even more comfortable in the water. If you’re panicky on SCUBA, perhaps this is another reason why you should take a freediving course.
Where can I get more information?
Please check here for more information on what you can do in the freediving world.
Phone: +62 361 2078908